"The Souls of Black Girls:" Producer Screening with Daphne S. Valerius
Monday, February 10, 2014 at 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Carothers Library, Galanti Lounge 15 Lippitt Rd, University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI 02881, USA
The Souls of Black Girls is a provocative news documentary that takes a critical look at media images—how they are instituted, established and controlled. The documentary also examines the relationship between the historical and existing media images of women of color and raises the question of whether they may be suffering from a self-image disorder as a result of trying to attain the standards of beauty that are celebrated in media images. The documentary features candid interviews with young women discussing their self-image and social commentary from Actresses Regina King and Jada Pinkett Smith, PBS Washington Week Moderator Gwen Ifill, Rapper/Political Activist Chuck D, and Cultural Critic Michaela Angela Davis, among others. The Souls of Black Girls is a piece that attempts to provoke honest dialogue and critical thinking among women of color about media images and our present condition—internally and externally.
Daphne S. Valerius (Producer):
The recipient of several academic scholarships, Valerius attended St. John’s University in New York majoring in Mass Communications. Graduating Magna Cum Laude and a Ronald McNair Scholar, under the guidance and mentorship of Dr. Lez Edmond, Valerius studied media images in a research project entitled, Self-Esteem and Self-Confidence: The Effects of Mass Media on Women of Color…Forgotten. This research marked the beginning of Valerius’ critical examination of her personal self-image issues and how they had been influenced by society, specifically media images.
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